Here’s a quick overview of the information you will find on the Development pages. Ready for some scientific jargon? Here we go:
Thinking Skills (Cognition) describes a child’s thinking processes. Math, science, reading, creativity and kindergarten readiness skills often fall in this area. Cognition is the process by which the child organizes his thinking. It is where the intentional thought takes place and continues to strengthen as the child encounters new experiences.
Social-Emotional skills are those children learn most powerfully from their parents. These include managing behavior, getting along with others and developing self-esteem. These skills easily translate into successful school skills.
Language includes both the child’s receptive (listening) and expressive (speaking) vocabularies. By age 3, a child’s receptive (listening) skills significantly impact their reading ability. To use words we must hear words. Books provide us the rich language we need. (Don’t forgot your heritage language. Use this language as well as English.) Reading books is a gift that will keep your family connected and enhance your child’s learning.
Motor (Movement) describes big body movements of the arms, legs and trunk and includes running, walking, climbing, ball skills, balance and coordination. Fine motor skills (hands and fingers) are the ones we use to fit legos together, write with a pencil or string beads. Integration of movement and thinking are foundational to a young child’s healthy development.